It's a quarter-mile long - a fitting size for a painting of sea-faring ventures - and now this rare panoramic artwork will return to its former glory. From the Patriot Ledger:
The New Bedford Whaling Museum [Mass.] has been awarded $180,000 to restore one of its largest and rarest artifacts, the Purrington-Russell "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World."
The panorama, which is 1,275 feet long and 8½ feet wide, was created by Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington in 1848. Produced in the heyday of the American whaling industry, it is the world’s largest image of a whaling voyage.